OSHA: VA Hospital “Willfully and Repeatedly” Put Employees at Risk for Electrocution, Amputation, and Other Hazards
March 30, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Health System
An Arkansas Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital has been issued notices of willful, repeat, and serious violations for unsafe working conditions by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA said that despite previous warnings from federal inspectors about hazardous conditions for the hospital's employees, it continues to find willful and repeat violations at the facility. OSHA issued the hospital one willful, two repeat, eight serious, and four other notices on March 22, 2016, in response to unsafe working conditions. OSHA's area director said the hospital "willfully and repeatedly exposed its employees to the dangers of electrocution, amputation, blood borne pathogens and other hazards."